Average Salary for University of Idaho Alumni

Combining good value and great education, the University of Idaho is ranked in the top 21 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Moscow, Idaho. The school attracts plenty of sports fans to its small-town campus, though graduates go on to find employment in nearby cities like Boise, Idaho, Seattle, Wash., and Spokane, Wash. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Idaho Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Electrical Engineer
5 salaries
Project Engineer
5 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
4 salaries
Software Engineer
4 salaries
Design Architect
4 salaries
Operations Manager
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 320

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About This School

875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, ID 83844-2282

University of Idaho College of Law



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Former UI students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the engineering services industry, public K-12 education, and the education industry. A large chunk of former UI students are employed in the architectural services industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Starting salaries of $62K are the median among UI grads.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $76K after graduating from UI, the average woman earns only $55K.


UI grads who become Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average around $100K annually. However, Attorneys and Mechanical Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $81K and about $72K, respectively). On the lower end, Civil Engineers report making approximately $56K.


Home to a large number of UI alums, Boise, Idaho is by far the most attractive city for these former students. Seattle, Wash. is another hot spot for UI grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $77K). Relative to other popular cities, Moscow ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is $43K); however, University of Idaho grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. Spokane, Wash. is also a common pick among UI grads, along with Portland, Ore.

Degree Major

UI grads who hold a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $107K per year. Those with a B.A. in Communication face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average around $40K per year.


Project Management is a popular skill among UI alumni, with just under a fifth of grads reporting using it on the job. Engineering Design commands a pay premium of 26 percent for former Vandals. Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, slightly more than two-fifths of respondents are compensated for vacation days, but only one in three grads can take paid time off due to illness. Most alums allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. For this school, a large number of grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of respondents pick up dental plans, too. Alumni of University of Idaho also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Wyoming grads (who make an average of approximately $62K) earn salaries most similar to UI alumni. The Utah State University, the University of Nevada-Reno, and Kansas State University are also similar to UI.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1420 1750
ACT Scores 20 26

Key Stats for University of Idaho


32 %
68 %
$33,410 - $69,249
$40,204 - $97,190
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.
$32,717 - $90,999
$39,143 - $98,742
$38,783 - $80,000
$40,547 - $95,000
$42,785 - $87,060
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